Q: How different is driving a classic car to my modern day car?
A: Classic cars have very different driving dynamics and do not have safety driver aids that new cars have. There is no reason why you would not be safe as long as you follow the Top 3 tips to Classic car driving which are:
1. Give yourself double the braking distance you normally would allow. Classic cars may not have servo assisted disc brakes and do not have ABS. Classic Cars can be heavier meaning you could have the mix of a heavier car with less powerful brakes. In short you need to allow far more braking distance than you normally would. Jeremy Clarkson illustrates the point very well below:
2. When it rains imagine that the road is icy and drive as if you would then. Classic cars have different tyres than modern cars and typically have much less responsive steering (e.g. some cars have cross-ply tyres which do not handle well in the rain).
3. You need to be moving to turn the wheel so give more room than you might normally to turn. Classic cars tend not to have power steering.
Q: Do Classic Car Days modify their cars to make them safer?
A: Yes. By law many older Classic Cars are not required to have seat belts. We fit seat belts front and rear to cars where we are able to so we ensure all our customers are as safe as possible. (note: Daimler and Morris Minor currently can’t have belts fitted). Some classic cars are not required by law to have MOTs. Regardless Classic Car Days put all our cars through annual MOTs. In addition every classic car has a full safety risk assessment completed every 2,000 miles. This is completed by a third party to ensure the highest standards of safety.